Monday, September 13, 2010

What's for Dinner this week? Tips on how to save on groceries!


Hello Everyone,
What's for Dinner this week? Many mom hear this question through out the week.. Have you started your menu yet?

I've received several emails from you, asking on how I save and organized?
Every Monday I will be sharing tips on  how, help you succeed at the grocery store.

Here are my tips for you this week. Getting setup to save money and organized.

Follow the steps below to be on your way to cut your grocery bill in half.

1. Check your pantry and fridge before making your list.
(it is important to know what you have before buying)
2. Get the Sunday paper for the coupons.
3.Check online for coupons
4.Set up an email account just for for your coupons.
5.Sign up at your fav mfg sites for coupons, trust me you will be glad you did. I use soymilk every month they send coupon out for a free 1/2 gallon, that's a $3.67 savings a month.
6.Use ziplist to store your menus, and create a shopping list, you can send this list to your phone..
7.Sign up to Rachel Ray newsletter, she sends 7 days meal planning to your email..
8.Sign up for Campbell soup newsletter, amazing dinner ideas using soup.
9.Sign up for Simple magazine monthly meals newsletter.

Here are my easy peasy process:

Wednesdays, I save my grocery stores flyers to check what coupons are in the Sunday paper.. I only carry coupons of items I know I will be using.
Example for Spaghetti I always use rolls, I will cut the Pillsbury coupons, compare the grocery store flyers for maximum savings.

Target,have deep discounts on certain items each week, they also have in-store coupons as well. I save $ by not printing those coupons at home, rather I print them from the gift registry section located at each target.

Here are examples of savings. Stove Top was $49. at the Grocery store it was $1.89. that is a saving of $1.40..

Walmart has free items weekly, with coupons..

I devote 1 hour a week to setting up menu, cutting coupons and getting my list ready, in turn I save regularly between $22-29 weekly on my groceries. Some weeks I save $45.00 when the item is bgofree, then I use a coupon, further deep discount.

Next week I will explore the wonderful world of Drugstore and how they can pay you to shop there.


Here's a recipe from last night dinner and we will have it again on Wend as left over.

Prep time: 8 mtes
Cooking :25mtes
Serves:8 people


1. Dice the Green Pepper, Red Pepper, Onions, Garlic (3 cloves) add Oregano, Evoo, Smoke salt.

Add a dollop of Unsalted butter (Land o Lakes) roast for 10 mtes at 400degrees..

3. Boil Pasta, add Oregano, Salt, Black Pepper to the boiling water.

4.Sautee the Shrimp, add Rotel tomatoes, simmer down, then add 1/2 c Vodka let simmer for 5 mtes reduce the heat..

5.Drain the Pasta, remove the roasted vegetables, stir onto the Pasta, then add Parmesan cheese, toss well.
Add fresh basil, Parsley to serve

6.Garlic bread, mix Landolakes unsalted butter with garlic powder, spread on bread put in the oven for 5 mtes..

Voila Done..
Here's the final meal again...

Here is the Menu this week:


Beef & Mushroom Dijon


Sirloin, Pepper & Onion Skillet


Pasta Recipe from above left over.


Adobo Pork & Potato Packets


Tuesday left over


Chipotle Pork Wraps


Would you like to go on a journey of saving money?

Let me know what your specifics questions are?

Have a great week,

PS Don't forget I am giving away 3 Cricut Cartridges, Home Decor, Once upon a Princess here
Leave comments for a chance to win and tell your friends..

$10.00 Gift Certificate to William Sonoma  HERE




Printable Coupons said...

That looks delicious.. And thanks for the tips. Helps a lot.. :)

Aimee said...

I love reading your tips! I am really careful with my planning, I make a menu for two weeks then build a list from there, matching to store sales when I can. Haven't been able to get into couponing too much though. None of the stores here do double coupons, and none of the newspaper coupons are ever things I buy.

What websites do you use for couponing?

The Bug said...

Oh I would LOVE your Thursday Adobo Pork & Potato Packets recipe!! That sounds SO yummy!

Thanks for the great tips today! I also menue plan (have been doing it for years) and always plan leftover nights also. Thanks Again.

Carol Ric said...

Great tips thanks!

littlen said...

Great tips. I like to buy in bulk when I find my staples on sale. I also keep my freezer stocked when I find meat on sale.

Melissa said...

OMGoodness Maggie, that looks DELICIOUS!!!! You are so inspiring!

just jayma said...

There are some times I despise living in a small town! I only have WM and Safeway...I LOVE saving at Target and Albertsons, but they are a 60 mile drive!

Thanks for sharing with us!

Turnedgypsy said...

YOU make me hungry when I visit here, lol.

My granddaughter would really love the Princess cartridge. YOu are so sweet to do this. I love getting ideas from your blog.

grandma chris and caitlin

Lovin Hello Kitty said...

Yum love shrimp and this looks very easy to make. We try to do menus but I need to get better on my coupons. I cut them...but always find the store brand cheaper. Thanks.

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Melissa said...

Maggie, my husband thinks I need to come to your house for a few weeks of "training"! lol

I've tried whole wheat pasta once and my boys didn't like it. Can't say we were the biggest fans of it either. Any suggestions?

Melissa said...

Can't wait to see the photo of the sirloin, onion and pepper skillet you had last night! I think mushrooms would be great in it too!

Jenni said...

The pasta looks amazing! And these are some great tips on saving money when grocery shopping, too! :)

I will have to check out your giveaway! It sounds fun! Also, I'm having a giveaway at both of my blogs, if you'd like to check it out!

Have a wonderful day~


Carrie said...

Wow! Great tips about the coupons and idea emails. I would have never thought to print coupons at a target gift registry! Sounds like a yummy menu!
moon dot carrie at gmail dot com

Kim. said...

Thanks for the great tips and the meal looks delicious.
Kim xXx

Beth said...

Your tips were great, thanks for sharing them. Dinner looks delish, I might have to try that myself this week! You definitely inspire me to menu plan. :o)

Sarah @ The Pumpkin Patch said...

What a great post! Very informative, great pics, and super yummy recipes.

Thanks for linking up at The Pumpkin Patch. I look forward to hearing more from you!

Dawn Edwards said...

Wow what great tips! I just started clipping coupons last week. There is lots to learn and thanks for sharing your knowledge. I will have to start a meal plan as well. I will take your advice to get a Coupon email! Thanks again. Now if I could only get my Cricut to cut my coupons I would be set!

Melissa said...

This looks amazing! I wish that tomatoes didn't kill me. Thank you so much for linking up to Tuesday Tell All. I am so glad that you stopped by.

Jennifer said...


You're making me hungry!!! :)

I haven't seen the coupons for free items at Walmart (& I love to go foodshopping there-we're lucky enough to have a Super Walmart)...where do you find the Walmart coupons?

Thanks so much,


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craftymom205 said...

Great tips. Thanks.

stefeni said...

I'll have to bookmark this for when I actually cook. I suck at cooking. One of these days..

Turnedgypsy said...

you save so much money on shopping for food. i try but can not save this much, lol. i always get hungry when i view these types of your post, lol.

Turnedgypsy said...

gosh I am hungry now, lol!

You would be my very best friend if I could win these primcess cartridges. my granddaughter has been begging for the princess cart.

grandma has 3 grandkids to feed and buy food for, so i could sure use a give away free cartridge. thank you so much

Anonymous said...

great tips, and that meal looks great!

here from tidymom, have a great weekend!